University Ministry is committed to helping students grow in their faith and become an instrument of the Gospel. Through faith, service and community, students are encouraged to become the best version of themselves nurturing personal spirituality and helping others. University Ministry holds various easy volunteer opportunities all semester long for anyone who would like to participate and make a difference. In collaborating with the Rec Center staff and the Health & Counseling Department, University Ministry is assisting in launching a ‘Hunger Relief Food Bank’ on campus. These groups are working together to combat an often overlooked problem: hungry college students. By collecting food products, University Ministry hopes to gather enough items for students in need to have meals for the week. This program is beneficial for students who want to help their fellow classmates, and for those who are in need.
Coordinator of Ministry Service, Jake DeMarais discussed the purpose. “Our mission statement says ‘Lewis promotes the development of the complete person through the pursuit of wisdom and justice.’ One cannot learn at their highest capacity when they are hungry. In recognizing our call to walk the journey with every student, faculty and staff member on campus through the mission value of ‘Association,’ you can easily participate by dropping food off at any of the various food bins,” he said.
Non-perishable foods such as canned veggies, fruit, tuna, peanut butter, etc. may be dropped off at various marked collection bins around campus. University Ministry also hosts weekly service opportunities through the program, Sources of Light (SOL). Contact Jake DeMarais for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.